As a result of inherited genetics or having been exposed to increased androgen levels in the womb, some baby girls are born with a clitoris that looks ike a little penis, often to the dismay of her parents and consternation among the doctors and nurses. However, no matter what size or shape the infant clitoris is, she is still a normal and healthy girl. She is not deformed or imperfect in any way.

The Clitoris: More than Meets the Eye

The only actual difference between a clitoris and penis is the average size of the portion we can see with our naked eyes. Three fourths of the clitoris is hidden from view within a woman's body. Believe it or not, the average clitoris is about four inches in length, the same as a flaccid penis. The only other difference between the two is that the urethra of the clitoris does not extend all the way to the tip of the glans, as is the case with some penises!

The Clitoris: Measuring Up

An article published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1992 states that during examinations of 200 normal women at routine gynecological examinations -

the average crosswise width of the clitoral glans to be 3.4 mm (0.13 inches) with a range of 2.4 to 4.4 mm (0.09 - 0.17 inches)
the average lengthwise width was 5.1 mm (0.20 inches) with a range of 3.7 to 6.5 mm (0.15 - 0.26 inches).

This means the average clitoral glans is smaller than a pencil eraser. The average total clitoral length including the glans and body was 16.0 mm (0.63 inches) with a range of 11.7 to 20.3 mm (0.46 - 0.80 inches). The clitoral index (CI), the product of the clitoral glans lengthwise and crosswise widths, was 18.5 mm2 (0.03 inches2). There was no correlation between age, height, weight or use of oral contraceptives and clitoral size, but women who had given birth had significantly larger clitoral measurements.

Dr. Robert L Dickinson states in his book Atlas of Human Sex Anatomy,1949, that normal clitorises had a crosswise width of 3 to 4 mm. (0.12 - 0.16 inches) and a lengthwise width of 4 to 5 mm (0.16 - 0.20 inches). Based on one hundred examinations, he found -

5% of women had a clitoral glans that measured 0 to 2.5 mm (0 - 0.10 inches),
75% measured between 2.5 and 6.5 mm (0.10 - 0.26 inches) and
20% measured between 6.5 and 15 mm (0.26 - 0.59 inches).

He attributes the variation in clitoris measurements to whether inter-sexed individuals were included in the sample data, which would account for a larger average size.

The determination of normal clitoris size is often arbitrary. An article published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1979 states that clitoromegaly - abnormal clitoris enlargement - is defined as when there is a CI of greater than 35 mm2 (0.05 inches2), which is almost twice the size given above for an average sized clitoral glans, but is still relatively small, as a clitoris equal in size to a pencil eraser meets this definition.

The clitoris normally increases significantly in size during puberty, and afterwards. Between the ages of 7 and 11 the clitoral glans typically increases in size by 20%, and further increases in size by 26% between the ages of 11 and 14. This means that during puberty the clitoral glans becomes 1.5 times larger than it was at the onset of puberty. Between the ages of 14 and 19 the clitoral glans further increases in size and becomes 1.8 times larger than it was at the age of 14. By the age of 32, the clitoris will likely be almost 4 times larger than it was at the onset of puberty. After menopause the clitoris could be nearly 7 times larger than it was at birth, and 2.5 times larger than it was at the age of 19. If the clitoral glans increases in size, the entire clitoris likely increased proportionately in size.

An article published in the Israeli Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism compared the clitoral size of newborn girls of two ethnic groups, Jews and Bedouins. They found a significant difference in clitoral length (12.6%) between the Jewish group (5.87 +/- 1.48 mm) [0.23 +/-0.06 inches] and the Bedouin group (6.61 +/- 1.72 mm) [0.26 +/- 0.07 inches]. It should be noted that at birth the clitoris is proportionally larger than it will be later in life, as a result of having been exposed to the maternal hormone levels.

The Clitoris: Fully Developed Clitorises That Look Like Penises

The visible portion of the clitoris of some sexually mature females can measure up to about 2 1/2 inches (6.3cm) in length and nearly 1 inch (2.5cm) in diameter. When they are of this size, they look very similar to a penis. The only difference being a groove along the bottom side of the clitoris where the urethra would be located on a penis. While urine may not travel out the tip of these large clitorises, they do look similar to and function like a penis. These women, as well as women in general, are capable of experiencing erections, the sensation of having a hard-on.

The Clitoris: Will It Get Bigger?

The structure of the clitoris does not easily lend itself to change as the result of external mechanical or physical forces. The masturbation habits of most women are not likely to affect the size of their clitoris, other than perhaps causing a slight increase in its size due to better blood circulation, if they masturbate on a regular basis. This is a sign of health not disease. Using mechanical methods of clitoris enlargement, such as drawing increased amounts of blood into the clitoris tissue with a vacuum pump or clitoral pump on a frequent basis can result in an increase in size, as the vascular structures are slowly stretched and enlarged to accommodate the additional blood. There probably are not many women who do this, but with increased access to the Internet this may change. A large clitoris is considered to be attractive among some cultures,which may explain why Western girls and women engage in practices that enlarge their clitoris.

The Clitoris: Androgen Sensitivity

The clitoris is very sensitive to androgens like testosterone. Prescription and non-prescription steroidal drugs can cause a woman's clitoris to increase in size, sometime significantly. Some clitorises are said to achieve a maximum length of about 2 1/2 inches (6.3cm), if steroids are administered for an extended period of time, and depending on the age of the woman. Female athletes and bodybuilders who take steroids to increase muscles mass and strength often experience this side affect, as do female to male transsexuals. Sometimes steroids are prescribed to treat medical conditions, like lack of libido, causing this result, but usually to a lesser degree. The vast majority of large clitorises are the result of genetics, not drugs as some presume, believing a large clitoris cannot be natural.

The Clitoris: Penis Envy or Female Empowerment

While there is no real evidence to support the widespread belief that a bigger clitoris performs better and is more sexually sensitive, a few women do have a form of penis envy. As an increasing number of women are learning that their clitoris is much like a small penis, and capable of being much larger, some have a desire to enlarge it. Perhaps in hopes that if it were larger it would function better and be easier for their partner and themselves to find and stimulate. Some women may even desire a small penis of their own, even if they are happy being a feminine woman. Perhaps they simply would like to have something to hold on to or to stroke when they masturbate.

If a woman feels good about the size of her clitoris she is likely to be more sexual and sexually responsive, regardless of whether her clitoris is made larger or smaller than it was originally. Our brains after all are our largest sexual organ. It is important to keep in mind the fact that the brain plays a larger role in female sexual pleasure than does the clitoris, regardless of size.
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